Anna Paquin’s upcoming film “Free Ride” produced by her and Stephen Moyer’s company, CASM is scheduled to be released by Phase4Films in theaters January, 2014 according to the latest press information. Below is the new poster for the film featuring Anna.
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, writer/director Shana Betz and producers Cerise and Mark Larkin screen their new film, Free Ride, at Ringling College of Art & Design last Saturday.
Free Ride, as all Stephen Moyer fans know is the film from his production company, CASM, which was written and directed by Shana Betz and starring Anna as a mother of two young children who happens to be a drug runner.
Based on Betz’s own life—she was the youngest of her drug-runner mother’s two daughters—the film was shot entirely in Sarasota County with tremendous help from both Ringling College and the local community. Though the story is set in the 1970s in Fort Lauderdale, where Betz grew up, she and her team found Sarasota to be the perfect location because, she says, of “how well it’s been preserved.”
And after a meeting with actor Stephen Moyer, who suggested Anna for the lead role, things really started to come together, especially after Paquin, Moyer and producers Cerise and Mark Larkin were introduced to Future of Films co-founder and Ringling Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab partner David Shapiro.
“We were introduced to David by Anna’s manager,” remembers Cerise Larkin. “And within minutes, David was asking how he could help our film and introducing us to [Ringling College president] Larry Thompson. Within a couple of days, we’d been provided with so much.”
The kicker: Moyer and Betz met in early September 2012; they quickly realized they’d need to be finished filming by Nov. 24, because Paquin and Moyer (who worked on the film as a producer) had to start filming True Blood on Nov. 28.
So with an almost unheard-of three weeks’ prep time, just 24 days to shoot and a tiny budget, the team descended on Sarasota and set to work. And the support they got from Ringling College and the community far exceeded their expectations.
“We came here and people were like, ‘What can we give you? How can we help you?’” says Paquin. “It was like, ‘Are you kidding me? Thank you!’”
“It was almost innocent, in a way,” adds Moyer. “When you first start in this business, all people want to do is be a part of it. And as any of us can attest, it’s not that simple—people put obstacles in your way. But here, it was all about opening doors in a way that would never happen anywhere else.”
Paquin also notes that the way the film was made reflects the movie’s story itself. “There’s something beautiful about the fact that we’re telling a story about a mother who was doing as much as she could with as little as possible,” she explains. “That’s the way we shot the film. There’s a sort of symmetry to that.”
Stephen Moyer took a break from rehearsals for The Sound of Music today and traveled with Anna Paquin to Florida to participate in a screening and Q&A of his production company, CASM’s first film, Free Ride. The event took place at Ringling College of Art in Sarasota and also in attendance was Mark Larkin, Cerise Hallum Larkin and writer/director Shana Betz.
Prior to the event, Hayley Wielgus of ABC news in Sarasota tweeted the following:
@hayleyWielgus – Interviewing Anna Pacquin and Stephen Moyer @RinglingCollege today! Tweet me any questions you have.
Based on her tweet, we anticipate more information will be available soon, but until then, below are a few photos from the event that have appeared so far on the web .
Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin will be heading down to Florida again to go to the school that helped them make their CASM production of “Free Ride.
Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that actors and producers Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are returning to the College’s Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab on November 23rd to screen ‘Free Ride’, the couple’s new film shot entirely in Sarasota.
“Ringling College has a very unique and creative approach to art education,” said Anna Paquin. “Ringling’s support during the production of ‘Free Ride’ is something we will always be grateful for. We are very much looking forward to returning to find new ways to collaborate with them and to screen ‘Free Ride.’”
‘Free Ride’ was shot entirely in Sarasota and is the first film from Anna Paquin and husband Stephen Moyer’s production company, CASM Films, which they set up with Producers Cerise Hallam Larkin and Mark Larkin. Phase 4 Films has picked up all U.S. and Canadian rights to the Shana Betz-directed crime thriller based upon Betz’s life story. In the film, Anna portrays a single mother who moves to Florida with her daughters in search of a better life and gets pulled into the drug-trade business.
‘Free Ride’ also stars Cam Gigandet, Drea de Matteo, Liana Liberato, Jeff Hephner, Brit Morgan and Ava Acres. Producers are Cerise Hallam Larkin, Anna Paquin and Susan Dynner; the executive producers are Mark Larkin and Stephen Moyer.
“Anna and Stephen’s return to Ringling comes at an auspicious time as we gain traction with our efforts to attract entertainment production to our region,” stated Ringling College president Dr. Larry R. Thompson. “Having our students involved in the production of ‘Free Ride’ while shooting on our campus and Sarasota Museum of Art locations was experiential education of the highest order. We welcome Anna and Stephen back to Sarasota and look forward to exploring further production opportunities with them.”
“It brings us great pleasure to bring Anna and Stephen back to the Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab following the successful launch of ‘Free Ride’ on the festival circuit,” said David Shapiro, director of the Digital Filmmaking Studio Lab and Future of Films co-founder. “Collaborative film projects bring great benefit to Ringling students and also to our community and we will continue to work to develop true collaborations with leading filmmakers.”
It’s that time of year again for us to show our support for True Blood and Stephen Moyer to win a People’s Choice Award.
The People’s Choice Awards is all about the fans. It is the one major awards shows that completely leaves it to the public to vote for their favorite music, movies and television programs. After the nonimations are all in, the top five in each category will become the official nominees. Then, the “official” nominees will be announced during the annual People’s Choice Awards press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 (9:00 AM, PT), at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.
The final winners will be announced at the People’s Choice Award show on January 8, 2014 at 9pm ET on CBS.
Last year, True Blood won The Favorite Premium Cable TV show category. Let’s see that Stephen Moyer wins this year! You can choose up to five (5) in each category. True Blood is up for best Premiere Cable TV Show and Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show. Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are up for best Sci-Fi/Fantasy stars.
FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV STAR- Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin are nominated in this category. While we wish that both Anna and Stephen could win, we have to admit that we are kind of partial to Stephen’s nomination. However, you can also vote for Anna since you are permitted to vote for five from their list.
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